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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

In quarantine? Self isolated? Feeling bored? Same!

With the Covid-19 at large many people have been forced to stay at home, or are choosing to. My school has closed and both my parents are at work, so I have had to occupy myself. Here is a short list of the things I do:

  1. Read!!! Probably the best option to stay occupied!

  2. Learn a new Language on duolingo! This has kept me busy for hours.

  3. Listen to audiobooks! Audible has now made their audiobooks free while schools are closed.

  4. Watch movies!!

  5. Binge watch a series!!

6 . Learn about something on https://www.futurelearn.com

Anyways this is just some of the many things I have been doing

March 20, 2020

189 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ySA3S9wJ

Great ideas! Other Duolingoers have also posted some good tips for keeping busy and happy during isolation. Why not add yours here.......

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/37074079


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Thank you, will do :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Horsey-Girl

Thank you!

BTW: (Is that a --- HORSE? ♥‿♥ )


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Horsey-Girl

Lol, I love horses.. And Harry Potter


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MessyMary

Lol! You just said two of the best things in the world! Horses and Harry Potter!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Horsey-Girl

HORSES & HARRY POTTER!

|♥‿♥|♥‿♥|♥‿♥|♥‿♥|♥‿♥|♥‿♥|♥‿♥|


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

I love Harry Potter and horses too!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

yaaaaaaaasssssssss im in hufflepuff and im proud


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuneMattox

I'm doing a Harry Potter marathon with my sister this week! We're on the 5th now! It's been really fun!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/snowberry007

All the homeschoolers are like, "What do you mean? We do this all the time!"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MessyMary

LOL! This made me die! I'm homeschooled! XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrennaDP

Former homeschooler here, and I'm finding working from home to be very nostalgic. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maria213426

Exactly......Looks like we homeschoolers are ahead of the game here >:3


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/newfoundlandpup

We're kind of just constantly on self-quarantine:)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Horsey-Girl

Yup! I'm home-schooled, everything is quite normal here!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HallieHartwick

Same here! School goes on as normal :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Hahaha I didn't think about that


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Agent_Johnson

Your totally right, I'm homeschooled and i'm still doing school so :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HallieHartwick

Same here as well :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

yes S.H.E.I.L.D is very good sorry totally off topic but ii love marvel


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HeyMarlana

To make this language-related... why not read books or watch a movie or TV series in the language you're learning? :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HallieHartwick

That's a great idea!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jcupp55

Great list and other than the audio books, exactly what my lockdown house is doing. While I finally feel as if I will live, sadly my better half is now sick. Just hunker down and stay home. I do have a very sad Lab at home wanting to go on long walks and plat ball so I can only hope poor Daisy, in her dog way, understands why her folks are so boring as of late. Good luck to you and hope all Duo brothers and sisters stay well!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Agent_Johnson

My dog is looking depressed :) (lack of exercise)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

oh noo! Do you have a garden?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Nice idea! I'll add it to the list


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LisaEeyore

Thank you so much for sharing! I have already signed up for a new course! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_JadeMorgan16_

Great tips for people who are stuck indoors!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emmy8189

Just started french on here because I was so bored! I've just been constantly drawing and biking.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Thats great! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/da_pusheen

Thank you for this positive post!

These are all things I have done, except no.5......I don't have any idea what tv show to watch like at all, any suggestions?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HallieHartwick

I like Stranger Things :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

black mirror

good omens

any anime

the good place

stranger things

all good shows


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rose_is_so_tired

Locke and Key is also a good show!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Agent_Johnson

Agents of shield!! great tv show


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JanSilver53

My daughter has become a fan of Star Trek Voyager. Seems to work for her! As well as Duolingo!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Contestant154

Not sure if you're into anime but My Hero Academia, The Devil Is A Part Timer, Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun, and Danganronpa are really good ones :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthewNew714541

y'know, i don't know why but i always thought DR was a video game


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

It is but it has also been turned into a series


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthewNew714541

cool! is it on Hulu? if so, I'll totally watch it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Horsey-Girl

Diriliş Ertuğrul if you are learning Turkish. (Even if you aren't it SUCH an amazing series!)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrennaDP

Watch something in the language you're trying to learn on Duolingo! Then it counts as learning as well as fun.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StarlitTardis

I recommend seeking out the voices of disabled people right now. For a lot of disabled folks, being stuck at home and having serious health fears is just life. Disabled people were dealing with this long before coronavirus, and will still be dealing with it when everyone else "goes back to normal".

A lot of disabled people online (especially on Twitter, from what I've seen) are sharing advice about how to cope with self-isolation, how to maintain a routine in difficult times, and giving unique insights into this whole situation. If you search 'disabled coronavirus', 'disabled people COVID-19', '#disabled #coronavirus' or anything else like that, you'll probably find some things.

And while I'm on the topic, please check in with disabled folks you know, and amplify what disabled people are saying online. The disabled community is likely to get hit especially hard by this, and is already dealing with a lot of extra challenges compared to most people, so please contact people if you can and ask if they need anything.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Great advice!!! Thank you!! Have a lingot


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Agent_Johnson

Ya, we asked our elderly neighbors if they needed anything from the store when we went, so :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Em_falcon7

Another thing to do is learn a different accent, like (for example) how to talk in a Irish accent. You can entertain yourself and your family.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MessyMary

I did that even when there was no Covid-19 XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HallieHartwick

I have been known to randomly break into a British accent haha


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MessyMary

I unintentionally break into either a British or a Southern American accent XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

I’m British anyway but I suddenly go into an American accent when I’m getting really excited


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthewNew714541

when i get excited i sound like an anime girl, when I'm scared I sound like some australian nature show guy example: "right there, 'at's a sai-beer-ian toigah" when I'm mad I sound like all might EDIT: jirou, if you think that's funny, you should see me when i'm REEEEEALLY mad, like, livid, it's like I'm a completely other person, the best way I can describe it is if the alien queen from the movie aliens could talk


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MessyMary

When I get mad, I sound like a turkey... literally!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MessyMary

I've always wondered if British went into American accents...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

Whelp now you know


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MessyMary

When I imagine I'm being interviewed, my brain automatically speaks in a British accent!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

Like your interviewer is like “so you come from America “ and your like yeah but he just gets really confused as to why you sound British


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MessyMary

Lol! Yeah, my interviewer would probably think I was super crazy! XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

Oh my god that’s hilarious


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Oh I never thought about that!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KaptianKaos8

I've started learning 3 new languages because I have so much time now! Here's to Dutch, Russian, and Italian...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Woahhh! Loads of languages!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jimmy54103

I joined Duolingo just three days ago.

I am now simultaneously studying a lot of languages.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IcefireofRclan

Havent seen my bff in a week!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Same :( It's the worst


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MessyMary

I don't have a bff :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jimmy54103

You do now. All the best to you, Mary.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

i havent seen any of my friends in 3 weeks and i cant text as i dont have a phone :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hm437e

Doesn't your computer have a messaging function? I have an Apple and I can do messaging and facetime as well. You might also be able to load similar applications down from the web?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

i dont have anything im using the family computer right now


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robert434576

If any of you fellow Quarantinees need help in math - algebra I should be able to help ya'all, and if you decide to learn C++ Programming I can help with that too....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlainaWest8

In my state we can't go to school for the rest of the school year. I have been really bored. I have not been to town in 2 weeks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Wow! That sounds agonising!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MilaIsGenious

Same school closed stuck inside :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bruhtoniumboy

You should take your prize to heart. You just copped outta school for the rest of the year.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

i live in a very small village and its the worst we cannot do anything here let alone leave the house


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

I have been stuck in a village for almost a month now


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ItsYaGirlSarah

My school closed to so I've been on Duolingo a ton! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Same lol :D I started using Duolingo because I was bored at home


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tiskitabletti

And if someone is up for a challenge, you can try reading a book in a language you have learned in Duolingo!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_D_O_A_

A week ago I adopted two wonderful catgirls from a shelter.

Staying indoors cannot be boring now, no way, especially given the fact that there already was one old cat in the home. And yes, getting all three to get along requires some knowledge of cat language, LOL :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tigrismuse

Great list, thank you! :) I started listening to Audible books today!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Yay! I'm so glad I helped!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MessyMary

I literally just read and do Duolingo, 24/7. I love it! I'm living the life!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Ayye! That sounds amazing haha!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

if only i could spend all my time doing this


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jimmy54103

I am not on Duolingo 24/7...but since I joined a few days ago I am on Duolingo about 12/7.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/babak143903

Yes, it is boring to stay home weekdays and weekends, never go out for a dinner or just a walk on the street. But the alternative is horrible. We all have to do our share. But we have a language(s) to learn and make the best use of our time at home. Don't forget to exercise everyday.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HallieHartwick

I would say learn a song to sing! That's what I've been doing anyway. Singing is so fun. If you play an instrument learn some cords to go along with the song. Or write some short stories if you like to write.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Agent_Johnson

i've played guitar chords and sang when we've had company before ukulele is also fun to sing to :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

ukelele is so fun i can play tons of twenty one pilot songs(i may be a bit obsessed)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hm437e

Here's some inspiration for all you ukulele enthusiasts:
An absolutely beautiful rendition of Somewhere over the Rainbow


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HallieHartwick

Love that song! Wish I had a ukulele so I could play it haha


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Your welcome :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LouisianaA2

I'm sorry, I hope it get's better for you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthewNew714541

another good idea is playing magic the gathering or cation, and if you don't know how to play, even better! you now can learn it! that's another time killer I do


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Whats_up_Juwaan

Magic the gathering? The card game? I haven't played that in eons. I just looked it up and it's an online game now. thanks for the suggestion bro.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthewNew714541

yeah, they made an online version of it, i never got into it though, i prefer the physical game


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Oh thats a good idea!!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bruhtoniumboy

I'm sure this says something about myself and going outside, is the fact that I'm not even bored and this feels normal. All I gotta do to stay pre-occupied is just sit down, play gmod with the boys, and kick back.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuneMattox

I am currently one home quarantine, and I have been very bored! Thanks for the advice!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Glad I could help :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MinoskaMateo

That's great! I'm doing most of those things plus meditating. Im taking this time for self reflecting to find and improve myself.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Poop882885

Thanks!! Yes, in terms of learning a new language, there is plenty of time for everyone to watch TV shows/movies, read books, use Duolingo ofc, and listen to music :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Ohh I forgot music! I'll add it!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/newfoundlandpup

Learning an instrument could be a fun time to spend time also!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hp_fan28

Thanks for the ideas! ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hm437e

This article appears in the Globe and Mail and has a couple of links to other stories as in connection to social distancing
Hope you find it interesting.

Keep safe, everyone!
hm


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sundryreaction

Anyone interested in doing a zoom meeting during this time? Does anyone know of some great zoom language groups? could be a fun time to practice together!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JanSilver53

I’m currently doing the lesson about resolving problems. Appropriate, no?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Thank you! I hope they helped


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthewNew714541

another good idea, I am currently binging these anime that i recommend for an anime lover(all are on hulu) My hero academia, Assassination classroom, Demon lord retry, in another world with my smartphone


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Thank you! I have seen all of the MHA episodes, and they are AMAZING!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

i also think no game no life,i got reincarnated as a slime ,soul eater and demon slayer are also very good


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MilaIsGenious

Have a lingot :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

also any thing by ghibli


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Thank you so much


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Contestant154

I love drawing! During this time period, especially! I make stickers, charms, and pins. Passes the time, all right. Once I'm bored of that, I write fan fiction (exposed) and watch MHA or TBHK. (Or play DR) Stay safe and stay home! UwU


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

what type of fanfics do you write * shifty looks*


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthewNew714541

Oh? Another fanfic writer? I won't judge, I do it too


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HallieHartwick

I guess I might as well admit...so do I haha


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthewNew714541

another recommendation, if you really want to be a voice actor, like i do, practice impressions! the best ones for beginners are goofy, mickey mouse, all might, and kermit the frog, if y'all wanna hear my venom impression, hit me up (please don't)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Agent_Johnson

that's an inteesting past-time :) I can do a pretty good mickey mouse :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthewNew714541

i can do mickey but it only sounds good if i say oh boy, and i can do donald duck and trump pretty well. I can also do a trumpet, cello, and tuba


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

you imitate trumpets and tubas? ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthewNew714541

yes, sometimes when i blow my nose, i make a trumpet sound and everyone around me looks confused


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Agent_Johnson

that is hysterical


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Merce_

What books are you reading? :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MessyMary

I'm reading The Lord of the Rings. GREATEST BOOK EVER!!! I'm loving it so much! I cannot put it down. I literally stay up at 2 a.m. every night reading it! It's so amazing!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/newfoundlandpup

Definitely my favourite book! You could even spend 9 hours watching the movies...:)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Yessss! The LOTR is the BEST!! I have recently finished it!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/newfoundlandpup

If Elvish were complete, it would be SO cool if they had it on Duolingo. Too bad:(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

i really wish they had it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Yesss! I WISH they had it!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MessyMary

And if you watch the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, you could spend 18 hours watching them XD

I'm on a marathon of ALL of them. We just started the Hobbit tonight :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

OMG lotr and the hobbit are soo good!you can also get some pretty good remixes of they're taking the hobbits to isengard


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Agent_Johnson

one of my best friends Loves Lord of the rings i've read the hobbit and seen the hobbit movie


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthewNew714541

a great monkey once said "ape together strong"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-_-_Athena_-_-

Anyways this is just 5 of the many things I have been doing.

There are six things up there FYI. :))


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LisaEeyore

She added the last one when someone else suggested it :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Oof I forgot to edit that. Tysm


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LisaEeyore

Thank you Amy for this very positive and thoughtful post! :) Are you enjoying learning Japanese?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyRay1234

Yes, I am :D It's very different to what I was expecting, but I have had lots of fun with it :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Agent_Johnson

I love japan and their culture


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rgtram

These are great ideas :) Thank you! I'm committed to becoming conversational in Spanish again and also learning the piano again. I've been doing Duo on and off for years, but now I'm really going to commit. To keep busy yet content during isolation, I've been doing meditation, reading a lot, and going for long walks (if you can!)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiarahSilverRain

Audible is free now?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/r1CSu

They've provided free access to some books https://stories.audible.com/start-listen


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Here are some other suggestions:

"Quarantine sucks": https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/37074079

Update: Oh, this thread id has already been posted by ySA3S9wJ. I even tried to search for it with the related thread title keywords before submitting it! Sorry.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Hello,

did you know that you can fly RC micro/nano quadcopters indoors in your living room?

One of the (original) tiny quads is called "Blade Inductrix" (or Inductrix Switch) and is made by the company HorizonHobby; it is BNF which means that you do not have to assemble first the quad or program the flight controller (FC) internally, only setup your RC transmitter; and you can fly it with any radio which supports the Spektrum DSMx (or DSM2) protocol.

I wrote a longer article in my native German language about some characteristics and published it here: http://www.rc-network.de/forum/showthread.php/719105-Inductrix-BLH8700-BLH8780-(Blade-rote-blaue-Haube)-Flugerfahrungsbericht

..(...)..

Other TinyWhoop quads for indoors (brushed) or outdoors (brushless) are available from several Chinese vendors like www.BetaFPV.com, www.boldclash.com and many more and you can also flash selected Chinese quad boards with a different firmware (Silverware, NFE) manually.

For example:
The Boldclash B03 (brushed) has an altitude barometer for true beginners who have no idea how to fly and is (only) auto level whereas the throttle stick is spring loaded (self-centering); the B03-Pro (brushed) quad and transmitter allows to fully control the throttle from 0-100% manually.
However, the Boldclash B03 socket for the lipo at the bottom of the board (instead of making it pluggable with a cable at the back) is not really ideal, to be honest.

As you can imagine:
These are more beginner brushed quads but you can also have a true acro/agility mode when you reflash the firmware on the board and replace it with Silverware/NFE (for experts only!).
You just need to have a multiprotocol RC transmitter which supports the Bayang protocol as "full" RC radios are bigger and have the better sticks so you have better control over the quad; same is true for other quad boards.

BTW: The name Whoop comes from that some of the small quads are made for FPV and have a CAM and video transmitter (VTX) on board so you can use goggles.
Some people in the world race their quads in their house across several floors and rooms or through special LED rings/obstacles ;)

..(..)..

The better micro quad boards and intermediate quads allow you to use different flight modes where:

  • A) one is stability (with or without altitude hold / barometer) and the others are
  • B) acro/agility/rate mode
  • C) and some controllers (BetaFlight, RaceFlight,...) even have flight modes more like Angle, Horizon or
  • D) support additional features like "Flip over after crash", Anti-Gravity, Airmode,...

With that true acro/agility mode you can fly the micro/nano quad (almost) "like a collective pitch (CP) heli" which is great fun.

I have written a little bit more about getting started with RC simulator training on your computer and collective pitch (CP) helicopters in this comment: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/37074079?comment_id=37084336

Because the (1s) lipos are swappable you can charge 4-6 lipos in parallel and fly the quad repeatingly for several minutes after some short break (to let the brushed motors cool down).

Hope this information helps someone of you to get started with this great RC hobby.

Stay healthy!

Best regards


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jirou-Trinity

why is a door to door salesman on duolingo


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiarahSilverRain

No idea. Maybe he's quarantined. ^w^

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